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PRESIDENT’S NOTE

Troy D. Moser, AIA

As we transition into the warmer months of summer, things might be cooling down with AIA Las Vegas, but rest assured, we still have a splash of fun lined up. Reflecting on a vibrant May, it was thrilling to witness the immense talent at the AIAS "Bridging the Gap" event and the High School Design Awards. The creativity and potential of the future faces of architecture, from high school to college, truly inspired us all. May also featured our Membership Meeting hosted by the Affordable Housing Committee at the Decatur Commons Senior Living Apartments, with special thanks to Nevada Hand and Adrienne Babbitt from the HUD for their invaluable insights.

This month, I'm excited to represent our chapter at the AIA’s annual conference “AIA ‘24Conference on Architecture and Design” in Washington DC. I will be casting votes on behalf of our membership for future AIA National Leadership and Bylaw changes, continuing to be your voice on a national platform. Back at home, we look forward to engaging our community through two Coffee's with an Architect events—one hosted by the AIA Las Vegas Allied Committee and another by the AIA Nevada Small Firm Exchange. These gatherings are fantastic opportunities for our members to connect and share their experiences.

Looking forward, don’t miss the AIA Las Vegas x ASLA Nevada event titled "Desert Oasis: Innovative Ways to Create More Public Spaces in Las Vegas," where we'll explore transformative ideas for our urban spaces. We also have the EPYAF UFC Tour, a unique event designed for our Young Professionals. As we navigate these opportunities for professional growth and community engagement, I encourage you to participate and contribute to our evolving architectural landscape. Thank you

for your ongoing dedication and enthusiasm; I look forward to our continued collaboration and success.

Regards,

Troy D. Moser, AIA
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CONTENTS 19 CLARK COUNTRY REDEVELOPMENT SURVEY Survey for redevelopment planning effort 12 GOLF TOURNAMENT WINNERS Check out the picture and winners of the golf tournament! 06 MEET THE BOARD 07 YEARLY EVENTS 08 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 11 PAST EVENTS 14 AIA LAS VEGAS NEWS 20 BIDEN ADMINISTRATION BANS FOSSIL FUELS The U S Department of Energy has finalized a rule banning fossil fuels from new and renovated federal buildings 36 EMPOWERING EARLY CAREER ARCHITECTS Three rules for empowering early-career architects and professionals 15 MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS 17 COMMITTEE NEWS 22 COMMUNITY NEWS 32 CLASSIFIEDS 34 AIA NATIONAL NEWS 4 AIA LAS VEGAS
J U N E 08 URBAN
WETLANDS
9:00 AM 5 MONTHLY EVENTS 11 AIA
EXCHANGE
CHAT
13 DESERT
TO
MORE
LAS
5:00 PM 21 EPYAF UFC TOUR 2:00 PM
SKETCHERS “LAS VEGAS
PARK”
NEVADA: SMALL FIRM
(SFX) VIRTUAL COFFEE
8:00 AM
OASIS: INNOVATIVE WAYS
CREATE
PUBLIC SPACES IN
VEGAS

Troy D. Moser, AIA President Moser Architecture

Wellbe Bartsma, AIA EP Director Gensler

Alexia Chen, AIA President-Elect LGA Architecture

Daniel Chenin, AIA Director Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd.

Teresa Mears, AIA Secretary LGA Architecture

Quyen Luu, AIA Treasurer Gensler

Victoria Cousino, AIA Director KNIT

Melvin Green, AIA Director KME Architects

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kim S. Galbe, Assoc. AIA Director EV&A Architects

Jeffrey Sarmiento, AIA Director Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects

James Horvath, AIA Past-President BW&A

Carlos D. Fernandez Executive Director AIA Nevada | AIA Las

Vegas
Allied
NV5 Buildings & Technology
Jennie Bowman Director
UNLV SoA
Glenn Nowak, AIA Education Liaison
UNLV AIAS
Vivian Arredondo, AIAS President
Assistant
AIA Nevada | AIA Las Vegas
Taryn Kole
Dir. Operations
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YEARLY EVENTS

JUNE URBAN SKETCHERS 08 SMALL FIRM EXCHANGE VIRTUAL COFFEE CHAT 11 DESERT OASIS: INNOVATIVE WAYS TO CREATE MORE PUBLIC SPACES IN LAS VEGAS 13 EPYAF UFC TOUR 21 SEPTEMBER ARC PRODUCT SHOW 12 URBAN SKETCHERS 14 OCTOBER URBAN SKETCHERS 12 ULTIMATE DRIVE AT ATOMIC GOLF 17 DECEMBER ARCHITECTURE NEVADA DESIGN & SERVICE AWARDS CELEBRATION 06 URBAN SKETCHERS 14
year
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Note: This calendar is accurate as of May 28th, 2024. Dates and events are subject to change as necessary as the
evolves.
JULY URBAN SKETCHERS 13 NOVEMBER URBAN SKETCHERS 09 YEARLY EVENTS MIKE SCHWOB, PhD, PE 702.677.8108 schwobacoustics.com Architectural Acoustics Mechanical System Noise Mitigation NFPA 72 Speech Intelligibility (STI) Modeling Auditoria & Performance Venue
Analysis &
Field Testing &
DON’T FORGET WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE. AUGUST URBAN SKETCHERS 10 PLACEMAKING SUMMIT: BUILDING HEALTHY PLACES 15
Acoustics Vibration
Mitigation
Measurement

ERIK SWENDSEID, AIA

I am a member of AIA because…

I enjoy learning from others in this fantastic profession! I tell people all the time that this job has to be one of the most dynamic and fulfilling at so many scales that I can’t help but feed off the energy of others as I explore the great things we do around the world! The local chapter in Las Vegas is truly the reason I am involved, I mean who doesn’t like to be around this group of thoughtful and ambitious people? I’ll just try to contribute as much as I take, keep exploring better ways to do things, and do my best to ensure the work we do is valued as it should. For those reasons, I plan to remain a member of AIA!

How would you introduce yourself to the world as an architect? In a few sentences, share your passion, your vision, and your achievements in the field.

I am someone who seeks to find greatness all over the place and use that to drive what I do next. I love the eclectic, the balanced, the subtle, and the outspoken parts that make up the fabric of our cities. I hope to contribute and see the places we inhabit be born from a place of optimism and emotion. I have spent my career attempting to honor those characteristics wherever I can, from the way a home helps you relax to the way a casino gets you excited.

8 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Describe the pivotal moment or influence that ignited your passion for architecture…

Growing up in Reno, there were many elements of the city that ignited a passion for contributing to the way we can experience buildings and spaces. Since I was a kid and couldn’t love hotels & casinos for the gaming and nightlife, I instead loved the way they showcased themselves so uniquely and with so much enthusiasm via facade lighting, active signage, dynamic spaces, and so much vibrant neon! Paired with a great collection of historic buildings, a bustling downtown river district, and the way each season brought indoor/outdoor possibilities, it wasn’t classically renowned buildings in textbooks, but the variety and energy of what I grew up around that drew me to architecture.

What advice would you offer to aspiring architects aiming to follow in your footsteps?

I would say simply to follow your heart. That's a little short and sweet, but it's what I aim to do each day and I think that's all that any of us who really love the job do. Find your passion(s), and discover a way to express it in a built form, that could be with skyscrapers or with houses.

If you had the power to alter one aspect of our profession right now, what would that be and why?

Can you share with us an architectural work that has deeply resonated with you and explain why it holds such significance?

This is like trying to pick a favorite song! I’ll take the Cathedral of Christ the Light for the way it captures light with an elegant and simple material palette, House N by Sou Fujimoto for its layered facades, and the collective resorts of The Strip for their overall liveliness and spirit.

I would love to see more good ideas come to fruition and not be drowned by a bureaucratic process that doesn’t always have the best intentions at heart. If I could have another, even more unrealistic power, it would be to travel back in time and experience some of the great historical works in all their glory!

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A I A L A S V E G A S

G O L F T O U R N A M E N T

W I N N E R S !

Congratulations to the winners of the 50th Annual AIA Las Vegas Golf Tournament! Your exceptional performance on the course this past April showcased your skill, dedication, and sportsmanship. The AIA Las Vegas Chapter is proud to have hosted this milestone event, bringing together architects, industry professionals, and golf enthusiasts for a day of friendly competition and camaraderie. We applaud your achievements and look forward to seeing you again next year for another exciting tournament. Thank you to all participants, sponsors, and volunteers who have contributed to the success of this cherished tradition over the past five decades.

1st Place - Low Gross

G. Cash Wilson

Jeremy Anderson

Brigham Gibbs

Chris Emanuel

2nd Place - Low Gross

Ed Taney

Brian Myers

Geoffrey Lyons

Mitch Carlson

1st Place - Low Net

Christian Nelson

Cameron Sankovich

Jason Jones

Kenneth Thomason

2nd Place - Low Net

Brett Henry

Tony Haughey

Shawn Martin

Kevin Nanney

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNERS!

Mark Stearns

Danielle Vickerman

Kade Wakenhut

Sylvia Kim

Best-Dressed Team

Wright Structural Engineers

Bryan Horan

Alana Wester

Dalton Horan

Charlie Ricks

Longest Drive Hole #7 Longest Drive Hole #4
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R A F F L E P R I Z E

W I N N E R S

We would also like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the lucky winners of the raffle prizes at the 50th Annual AIA Las Vegas Golf Tournament. Your participation and enthusiasm added an extra layer of excitement to this memorable event

We want to express our sincere gratitude to the generous companies who contributed to the raffle prizes, making this tournament even more special. A big thank you to LIXIL, Wright Engineers, EV&A Architects, TJK Consulting Engineers,HB Workplaces, Engin8, Commercial Roofers, Inc., HD Expo, and Spacesaver for their support and dedication to the architectural community. Your contributions have not gone unnoticed, and we appreciate your commitment to making this event a resounding success

W I N N E R S

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Kitchen Faucet: Brian Myers

2 Vegas Golden Knights Tickets 2024-2025 Season: Jennifer Nance

Golf Bag: Rebecca Orosco

Wine Basket: Clay W

2 Vegas Golden Knights Tickets 2024-2025 Season: Manny Galvez

ReMarkable Tablet: Kyle Forlani

$200 Gift Card Dick’s Sporting Goods: Raymond Khoury

LV Aviators Gift Basket: Dave Rowe

2 HD Expo + Conference Experience Passes: Ashley Jager-Gould

Vizio 65’ TV: Kevin Norton

$100 AMEX Gift Card: Clay W

OFS Chair: Ed Vance

Wine Basket: Tony Haughkey

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MAY 1, 2024

AIAS GALLERY EXHIBITION X HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN AWARDS

The AIA Las Vegas Chapter and UNLV AIAS Chapter collaborated to host "Bridging The Gap: AIAS Gallery Exhibition x High School Design Awards" on May 1, 2024. This event celebrated the exceptional talents of high school and college-level architecture students, showcasing over 40 works from UNLV School of Architecture students and honoring outstanding designs from high school students across Las Vegas.

The exhibition provided a platform for aspiring architects to showcase their innovative concepts and engage in meaningful dialogue with their peers. The High School Design Awards recognized the most creative designs, encouraging young talents to pursue their passion for architecture and sustainable development.

The success of this event was made possible through the generous support of sponsors and donors, whose contributions directly support promising student talents The AIA Las Vegas Chapter expresses its gratitude to all those who helped shape the future of architecture in our city by empowering the next generation of architects and designers

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MAY MEMBER MEETING

MAY 15, 2024

A big thank you to all our amazing members who joined us for the AIA May member meeting! It was great to see so many familiar faces and engage in insightful discussions. We hope you enjoyed the event and look forward to your presence at our next gathering. Stay tuned for updates!

Special thanks to our guest speaker Adrienne Babbitt for sharing her invaluable expertise, Nevada Hand for graciously hosting us at their wonderful space, and the Affordable Housing Committee for organizing this fantastic event.

ADRIENNE BABBITT
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LIFE THROUGH DESIGN

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Biden Administration Bans Fossil Fuel Usage In Federal Buildings

I am a chemical engineer covering the energy sector.

Apr 28, 2024,11:44am EDT

The U.S. Department of Energy has finalized a rule banning fossil fuels from new and renovated federal buildings. The Clean Energy for New Federal Buildings and Major Renovations of Federal Buildings Rule, mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, mandates a phased reduction in fossil fuel usage in these buildings. The law requires federal buildings and major renovations to phase out

fossil fuel-generated energy consumption by 2030. This provision had been pending due to regulatory delays until now.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm highlighted the significance of this rule, emphasizing the federal government's commitment to energy efficiency and cost savings: “The Biden-Harris Administration is practicing what we preach. Just

as we are helping households and businesses across the nation save money by saving energy, we are doing the same in our own federal buildings.”

With commercial and residential buildings contributing 13% of direct greenhouse gas emissions in 2022, primarily from burning natural gas, the focus has shifted towards electrification. This entails transitioning from gas to cleaner

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of the U S Department of Energy, delivers remarks at the North American Building Trades Unions (NABTU) 2024 Legislative Conference at the Washington Hilton on April 24, 2024 in Washington, DC During the conference leaders of NABTU officially announced their endorsement of U S President Joe Biden (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)GETTY IMAGES

electricity sources like wind and solar power.

Given the absence of regulations enforcing the removal of gas-fired appliances, some federal buildings continue to install them. For instance, Independence Hall in Philadelphia plans to switch to gas-fired boilers instead of remaining connected to a citywide steam loop for heating.

While projects that are already underway, like Independence Hall, are exempt from the new rule, its implementation aims to accelerate the electrification of federal sites as envisioned in EISA's Section 433. Advocated by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), this provision sought to leverage government leadership to drive technological advancements and cost reductions in climate-friendly measures.

Complemented by Executive Order 14057 and other Federal Sustainability Plan initiatives, the new rule is aimed at the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2045, supported by DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Through supplemental guidance and resources, FEMP will assist agencies in achieving compliance, facilitating clean energy deployment and phasing out on-site fossil fuel usage. This milestone reflects extensive engagement with federal stakeholders, underscoring the

collaborative effort to accelerate the adoption of clean energy within the federal building sector.

The Energy Department faced delays in implementing the rule, largely due to opposition from natural gas utilities concerned about potential business losses. The American Gas Association criticized the final rule, citing cost increases and lack of environmental benefits.

However, the Energy Department's analysis countered that the rule is projected to reduce carbon emissions by 2 million metric tons and methane emissions by 16 thousand tons, equivalent to the emissions of nearly 310,000 homes annually.

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JOIN AN AIA LV COMMITTEE

AIA Las Vegas Placemaking Committee

Chair: Minjia Yan myan@millenniumcommercial.com Virtual Meeting 1st Thursday of each month at 11:00am

AIA Las Vegas Affordable Housing Committee

Co-Chair: Monica Gresser, AIA monica@BRAZENarchitecture.com

Co-Chair: David Kim, AIA David.Kim@MatterRealestate.com Virtual Meeting 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:00pm

AIA Las Vegas Allied Members Committee

Chair: Kayleigh Hasshaw khasshaw@tjkengineers.com Virtual Meeting 4th Wednesday every other month at 9:30am

AIA Las Vegas Government Affairs Committee

Chair: Eric Roberts, FAIA ericr@knitstudios.com Virtual Meeting Schedule 1st Wednesday of each month at 4:00pm

AIA Las Vegas Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Education Outreach Committee

Chair: Melvin Green, AIA melvin@kmearchitects com Virtual Meeting 4th Thursday of each month at 4:00pm

AIA Las Vegas Women In Architecture Committee

Chair: Monica Gresser, AIA monica@BRAZENarchitecture.com Hybrid Meeting 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:00pm

AIA Las Vegas UNLV School of Architecture Committee

Chair: Glenn Nowak, AIA glenn.nowak@unlv.edu Virtual Meeting 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:30am

AIA Las Vegas EPYAF Committee

Chair: Wellbe Bartsma, AIA wellbe bartsma@gensler com Virtual Meeting 2nd Tuesday of each month at 3:00pm

AIA Las Vegas Urban Sketchers Committee

Chair: Eric Roberts, FAIA ericr@knitstudios.com Virtual or In Person Meeting 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00am

AIA Nevada Small Firm Exchange

Chair: Anne Johnson, AIA anne@sparkflightstudios.com

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Small Firm Exchange

In a recent virtual coffee chat with SFx, Nate Hudson discussed his architectural firm, FormGrey Studio, which he co-founded with Anne in 2016. The firm was intentionally designed to remain small, with a maximum of 10 staff members. Nate explained that maintaining a small size offers numerous benefits to both clients and the firm itself. For clients, small firms provide agility, hands-on leadership, prompt decision-making, and effective problem-solving without the constraints of large-firm structures. Additionally, small firms can flexibly adjust staffing without burdening clients with overhead costs. From FormGrey Studio's perspective, staying small allows for a diverse range of project types, the ability to be involved in all aspects of the business, a more horizontal staffing structure, and leadership opportunities for staff at all career levels. Furthermore, Nate emphasized that small firms like FormGrey Studio provide excellent learning opportunities for early career development, as all staff members engage in both conventional professional services and project-specific fabrication.

Virtual Coffee Chat

Tuesday, June 11th 2024

8:00 AM

Virtual via ZOOM

Connect with fellow small firm leaders in Nevada for a virtual coffee chat hosted by SFx

This is your chance to meet other architects running small practices, discuss hot topics facing your firms today, and explore how the AIA can better support Nevada's small business community

Special announcement: Craig Palacios from Bunnyfish Studio will be hosting the upcoming SFx Virtual Coffee Chat on Tuesday, June 11th

Join the conversation and make your voice heard This is your community - don't miss this opportunity to shape its future and connect with Craig and other small firm leaders in Nevada!

Small firm = Less than nine (9) employees

YOUR SMALL FIRM CONNECTION

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UNLV SOA COMMITTEE

Chair: Glenn Nowak, AIA

Congratulations to the UNLV School of Architecture Class of 2024!

Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Bachelor of Interior Design, and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture students were recognized in commencement ceremonies through the weekend of May 10th

Associate Professor Glenn NP Nowak graduated with his Doctor of Philosophy in Hospitality Administration along with students from the Master of Architecture Program

The School of Architecture recognized several medal, certificate, and book award recipients at their annual spring awards ceremony May 8th

Thank you to all that came to the retirement celebration for Dr. Janet White after 25 years of service at UNLV!

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AIA NATIONAL CALENDAR AIA NATIONAL

JUNE 2024

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Test-Events-15dec

When: Jun 1, 2024 from 08:00 AM to 11:00 PM (ET)

05 PA Symposium at AIA24: Public Architecture: Dignity, Enterprise, Vigor, Stability

When: Jun 5, 2024 from 08:30 AM to 05:15 PM (ET)

05 AIA24: Housing & Community Design Touring Symposium: A Tale of Two Districts

When: Jun 5, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM (ET)

05 NAC @ AIA24

Starts: Jun 5, 2024 09:00 AM (ET) Ends: Jun 8, 2024 05:00 PM (ET)

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AIA24 | CAE: A Touring Symposium: Perspectives on Architecture for Education in the Nation’s Capital

When: Jun 5, 2024 from 08:45 AM to 04:30 PM (ET)

05 Unlocking the Power of Historic Preservation (Part 1: The Federal Historic Tax Credit Program)

When: Jun 5, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM (ET)

05 TAP Symposium at AIA24

When: Jun 5, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM (ET)

05 AIA24: Committee on Design Tours, Courses and Forums

Starts: Jun 5, 2024 09:15 AM (ET) Ends: Jun 7, 2024 03:30 PM (ET)

05 Changing Enclosures for a Changing Climate

When: Jun 5, 2024 from 01:30 PM to 04:00 PM (ET)

06 Small Firm Meetup at AIA Conference on Architecture and Design

When: Jun 6, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (ET)

06 AIA24 | CRAN Forum: Collaboration Next Best Practices for Residential Architects, Builders, and Cons

2024 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

When: Jun 6, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (ET)

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JUNE 2024

AIA24: Equity & Excellence: AIA Housing & Community Development Open Forum

When: Jun 6, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (ET)

REKC Open Forum at AIA24

When: Jun 6, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (ET)

HRC luncheon: Stewardship in the Monumental Core of Washington, D.C.: AIA Historic Resources Committ

When: Jun 6, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM (ET) 06

AIA's Climate Action by Design Networking Reception, Presented by COTE

When: Jun 6, 2024 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM (ET) 06

AIA|DC SFx Reception

When: Jun 6, 2024 from 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM (ET) 06 AIA 24 | Regional & Urban Design Reception: Collaborate & Celebrate

When: Jun 6, 2024 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM (ET)

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AIA24 | Post Forum

Fellowship: CRAN Reception

When: Jun 6, 2024 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM (ET)

06 International Religious Art & Architecture Awards Program and Reception

When: Jun 6, 2024 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM (ET)

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YAF Meetup at the AIA Conference on Architecture and Design

When: Jun 7, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (ET)

AIA24 | RUDC Forum: Transformational Urban Design Knowledge in Practice

When: Jun 7, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (ET)

07 AIA24. Senior Focus: Design for Aging Knowledge Community Open Forum

When: Jun 7, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (ET)

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AIA NATIONAL CALENDAR AIA NATIONAL

JUNE 2024

AIA24. Shaping Human Experience: Interior Architecture Knowledge Community Open Forum

When: Jun 7, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (ET)

07 On the Cutting Edge: Building Performance Knowledge Community Forum

When: Jun 7, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (ET) 07

Public Architects Open Forum at AIA24

When: Jun 7, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (ET) 07

Resilience & Adaptation

Advisory Group Open Forum

When: Jun 7, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (ET)

07 Small Project Design Forum at AIA24

When: Jun 7, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (ET)

08 Unlocking the Power of Historic Preservation (Part 2: The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for

When: Jun 8, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM (ET)

08 SFX Forum at AIA Conference on Architecture and Design

When: Jun 8, 2024 from 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (ET)

11 Live course: Significant Changes in the Draft 2026 FGI Guidelines

When: Jun 11, 2024 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (ET)

18 Live course: Incorporating Intergenerational Design & Programming into Senior Living

When: Jun 18, 2024 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (ET)

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March 8, 2024

Lesley A. Field

Acting Administrator

Office of Federal Procurement Policy Office of Management and Budget Washington, DC 20503

Email:

Karla Smith Jackson

Assistant Administrator for Procurement National Aeronautics and Space Administration 300 E Street, SW Washington, DC 20546

Email: lfield@omb.eop.gov

Claire M. Grady

Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy Department of Defense

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense 3060 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-3060

Email: claire.m.grady.civ@mail.mil

karla.s.jackson@nasa.gov

Jeffrey A Koses

Senior Procurement Executive General Services Administration 1800 F Street, Washington, DC 20503

Email: Jeffrey Koses@gsa gov

RE: Petition to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council for Amendment to FAR 15 404-4(4)(i)(B)

Dear Members of the FAR Council:

I write to you today on behalf of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to formally petition the FAR Council to amend FAR 15.404-4(4)(i)(B) to clearly state that the 6% fee limitation on architect and engineering services (production and delivery of designs, plans, drawings and specifications) for public works or utilities applies only to “cost-plus-fixed-fee” contracts, and not to “firm fixed fee” or other types of contracts

The current language in FAR 15 404-4(4)(i)(B) does not restrict the 6% fee limitation to costplus-fixed-fee contracts which is inconsistent with the statutory provisions under which the regulation was promulgated (10 U S C 3322(b)) and 41 U S C 3905(b)) The current language in the FAR eliminated the language “cost-plus-fixed-fee contract” which in effect, directs federal agencies and contracting officers to apply the 6% fee limitation to other types of procurement contracts, including the much more commonly used “firm fixed fee” contracts This is contrary to congressional intent in enacting the Brooks Act of 1972, which establishes Qualification Based

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Selection (QBS) for architectural and engineering services. In Section 902 of the Act, congressional intent is stated clearly: “The Congress hereby declares it to be the policy of the Federal Government to publicly announce all requirements for architectural and engineering services, and to negotiate contracts for architectural and engineering services on the basis of demonstrated competence and qualification for the type of professional services required and at fair and reasonable prices ” (40 U S C 1101)

When enacting the Brooks Act in 1972 and in subsequent clarifying amendments, Congress chose to leave intact the statutory provisions contained in 10 U S C 3322(b) applying to military procurement and 41 U S C 3905(3) for civil procurement limiting the fee for architectural and engineering services under cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contracts to 6% to the estimated cost of the project These are the same two code sections cited in FAR 15-404(4)(i) The relevant statutory provisions are as follows:

41 U S C 3905(b):

(b)COST-PLUS-A-FIXED-FEE CONTRACTS

(1)IN GENERAL

Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3), the fee in a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract shall not exceed 10 percent of the estimated cost of the contract, not including the fee, as determined by the agency head at the time of entering into the contract.

(2)EXPERIMENTAL, DEVELOPMENTAL, OR RESEARCH WORK.

The fee in a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract for experimental, developmental, or research work shall not exceed 15 percent of the estimated cost of the contract, not including the fee.

(3)ARCHITECTURAL OR ENGINEERING SERVICES.

The fee in a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract for architectural or engineering services relating to any public works or utility project may include the contractor’s costs and shall not exceed 6 percent of the estimated cost, not including the fee, as determined by the agency head at the time of entering into the contract, of the project to which the fee applies

10 U.S.C. 3322(b):

(b) Cost-plus-a-fixed-fee Contracts.-The fee for performing a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract for experimental, developmental, or research work may not be more than 15 percent of the estimated cost of the contract, not including the fee. The fee for performing a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract for architectural or engineering services for a public work or utility plus the cost of those services to the contractor may not be more than 6 percent of the estimated cost of that work or project, not including fees The fee for performing any other cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract may not be more than 10 percent of the estimated cost of the contract, not including the fee Determinations under

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this subsection of the estimated costs of a contract or project shall be made by the head of the agency at the time the contract is made

Although these statutory provisions under which FAR 15-404(4)(i) was promulgated clearly restrict the fee limitation to cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contracts, the language in subsection (B) of the FAR does not limit the fee limitation to cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contracts and is thereby inconsistent with the statutory authority under which it was promulgated The current language of FAR 15-404(4)(i) reads as follows:

FAR 15-404(4)(i):

(4) (i) The contracting officer shall not negotiate a price or fee that exceeds the following statutory limitations, imposed by 10 U S C 3322(b) and 41 U S C 3905:

(A) For experimental, developmental, or research work performed under a costplus-fixed-fee contract, the fee shall not exceed 15 percent of the contract’s estimated cost, excluding fee.

(B) For architect-engineer services for public works or utilities, the contract price or the estimated cost and fee for production and delivery of designs, plans, drawings, and specifications shall not exceed 6 percent of the estimated cost of construction of the public work or utility, excluding fees

(C) For other cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts, the fee shall not exceed 10 percent of the contract’s estimated cost, excluding fee

While subsections (4)(i)(A) and (4)(i)(C) of the regulation have language restricting the application of the 6% fee limitation on architectural and engineering services to cost-plus-fixedfee contracts, subsection (4)(i)(B) does not contain the same restricting language It is unclear whether this was an intentional decision by the FAR Council in promulgating this regulation, a drafting error, or some other reason. Regardless, the current language is inconsistent with both enabling statutes under which the regulation was promulgated. Since federal agencies are required to follow the FAR, they have enforced this fee limitation on contract types other than what Congress intended, such as the prevalently used firm fixed fee type of contract. This has been a significant problem and has limited the federal government’s ability to effectively procure qualified Architectural and Engineering firms and negotiate fair and reasonable fees, especially impacting smaller firms as well as small projects with limited budgets The inconsistency of the FAR as compared to statutes including the Brooks Act has also caused inconsistencies in contracting practices from agency to agency and from contracting officer to contracting officer in application

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of the fee limitation and as to which services are to be included and excluded as design service to be subject to the 6% fee limitation.

Further, this has eroded and diminished application of the Brooks Act of 1972 to federal procurement of architectural and engineering services, which Congress clearly intended to be based on Qualifications Based Selection with negotiation for a fair and reasonable fee, not the misapplication of an arbitrary fee limitation that was intended to only apply to the very rarely used cost-plus-a-fixed fee contracts. The fee limitation was never intended to apply to firm fixed fee and other types of contracts which Congress clearly intended to be subject to the provisions of the Brooks Act. For these reasons, AIA hereby respectfully petitions the FAR Council to amend FAR 15-404(4)(i) to read as follows:

Proposed Amendment to FAR 15-404(4)(i):

(4)(i)The contracting officershallnot negotiate apriceor fee that exceeds the following statutory limitations, imposed by 10 U.S.C. 3322(b) and 41 U.S.C. 3905:

(A) For experimental, developmental, or research work performed under a costplus-fixed-fee contract, the fee shall not exceed 15 percent of the contract’s estimated cost, excluding fee

(B) For architect-engineer services for public works or utilities performed under a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, the contract price or the estimated cost and fee for production and delivery of designs, plans, drawings, and specifications shall not exceed 6 percent of the estimated cost of construction of the public work or utility, excluding fees.

(C) For other cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts, the fee shall not exceed 10 percent of the contract’s estimated cost, excluding fee

Thank you in advance for your consideration of AIA’s formal petition to amend the FAR Should you have any questions or would like to discuss this petition please feel free to contact Anne Law at annelaw@aia.org.

Sincerely,

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THREE RULES FOR EMPOWERING EARLY-CAREER ARCHITECTS AND PROFESSIONALS

The early years of licensure present myriad opportunities to explore different career facets. Explore the ways AIA's Young Architects Forum helps early career architects progress.

MAY 2, 2024

GABRIELLA BERMEA, AIA, NCARB, NOMA

Achieving an architectural license is a significant milestone, marking the continuation of a journey filled with accomplishments and growth. As an architect stands at this pivotal point in their career, the first one to 10 years of licensure emerge as a critical period to foster growth and specialize in a chosen field. It is a phase not only for accumulating experience but also for embracing continuous learning, professional development, and the

invaluable support of mentorship.

There are a number of support networks for professionals in this phase of their career. One example is the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF). The YAF acts as the voice of recently licensed architects and the catalyst for progress within AIA. In the initial years following licensure, architects are presented with the opportunity to immerse

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themselves in a culture of continuous learning. This entails staying abreast of the latest technologies, trends, and best practices in the field, both locally and globally. Engaging in professional development workshops, seminars, and obtaining certifications can further enrich their skills and knowledge, laying a robust foundation for a diverse and fulfilling career trajectory.

Mentorship emerges as a cornerstone in the journey of newly-licensed architects. With the path to licensure being unique for each individual, encompassing a tapestry of experiences and cultural influences, having a mentor from within or adjacent to the profession becomes invaluable. A mentor offers guidance, support, and a platform for discussing ideas and overcoming challenges. Mentorship not only fosters personal growth but also instills confidence and resilience in navigating the intricate landscape of architecture, while also contributing to a more inclusive future by engaging with aspiring architects and students.

Whether it's delving into sustainable design, educational planning, historic preservation, or project management, embracing these opportunities allows architects to hone their expertise and make a meaningful impact in

their chosen specialization. The initial years post-licensure for newly licensed architects signify a period of immense potential and growth. By prioritizing continuous learning, embracing mentorship, and seizing opportunities for growth and specialization, architects can establish a solid foundation for a fulfilling career within the profession and underscore the significance of building a community.

THREE RULES FOR EMPOWERMENT:

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Embrace Lifelong Learning: Stay curious and continuously seek avenues to enhance your skills and knowledge - look to your networks to seek supportive credentialing, like a LEED Accredited Professional, an Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP), or through the Construction Specialist Institute (CSI) or check out AIAU for a wealth deeper learning opportunities

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Cultivate Mentorship Relationships: Seek mentors who inspire, challenge, and support you on your path Be receptive to learning from their experiences and insights - this can be achieved through office-led programs, formal mentorship programs like the YAF’s Align Mentorship Program, or mentoring the next generation through programs like NOMA Project Pipeline or ACE Mentor Program of America

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Seize Opportunities for Growth: Step out of your comfort zone, take on new challenges, and proactively pursue avenues for specialization aligned with your passions and aspirations - join an AIA Knowledge Committee, become an NCARB Volunteer, or your community leadership programs to build stronger networks and develop client relationships.

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THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS HEADQUARTERS TO BECOME THE GLOBAL CAMPUS FOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

MAY 6, 2024

AIA is proud to announce the reimagining of the organization’s headquarters as the AIA Global Campus for Architecture & Design, serving as a new home base for the world’s architects and designers

WASHINGTON – May 6, 2024 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is proud to announce the reimagining of the organization’s headquarters as the AIA Global Campus for Architecture & Design, serving as a new home base for the world’s architects and designers.

“In 2025, the renewed AIA headquarters will reopen as an international hub for design innovation and excellence,” said AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE. “The AIA Global Campus for Architecture & Design will be a destination for AIA members, students and allied peers from around the world to convene for collaboration and learning, and a place where the public can be inspired by the power of design.”

The campus renewal follows AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence, which seeks to inform progress toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. The design electrifies all building systems, while incorporating on and offsite renewable energy to fully decarbonize the campus. A suite of amenities—including drop-in coworking space, meeting facilities, and VR/media lounges— will be available to members and staff alike in this new model for an energy-efficient, adaptable, postCOVID, workplace and gathering space.

While construction continues, AIA will share updates with relevant information, including a timeline on project completion. AIA unveiled schematic design plans in 2022 to fully renovate its national headquarters to be a model of sustainability, equity, and collaboration.

Learn more about the AIA Global Campus for Architecture & Design here.

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